A natural disaster always opens another eye within us. Miraculously surviving the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, Petra Němcová, a renowned supermodel and entrepreneur, has her life altered forever. The emotional pain of losing a loved one and hearing children screaming for help whilst hanging onto a palm tree during the tragedy has become a turning point for Petra. She rose up with a mission to help children who survived natural disasters. In 2005, Petra founded Happy Hearts Fund which aimed to rebuild safe, resilient schools in areas impacted by natural disasters.
In May 2006, a destructive earthquake took the lives of thousands in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Holding onto its mission to aid children surviving natural disasters, Happy Hearts Fund rebuilt more than 30 schools at the time. In 2013, after an almost 7-year significant presence in Indonesia, Happy Hearts Fund launched its first international chapter, Happy Hearts Indonesia (Yayasan Hati Gembira Indonesia), to support the reconstruction of more schools affected by natural disasters around the country. In the spirit of creating a greater impact, Happy Hearts Indonesia is also supporting local communities by rebuilding sustainable schools in underdeveloped areas. Rebuilt schools are equipped with proper furniture and facilities. Additionally, we provide and facilitate suitable training programs for teachers and students.